Yoga for Fibromyalgia

Many people have heard of fibromyalgia but may not be sure what it is.  Fibromyalgia is a condition affecting 2-8% of the population, and it is characterized by chronic pain in tender spots, mainly in the neck, shoulders, and low back.  Other symptoms may include sleep problems, joint pain and depression.  The cause is not known. I became interested in fibromyalgia because I have had a number of students over the years with this painful condition.  The students and I found ways to modify a more...

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Therapeutic Yoga at Duke University Faculty of Integrative Medicine

In November 2013, I spent a wonderful week at Duke University in North Carolina earning a certificate in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors.  This is a unique programme for yoga teachers who are interested in working with older adults.  Twice a year, Duke Integrative Medicine brings together a group of 40 yoga teachers from all over North America for lectures and hands-on work with medical experts in aging, heart disease, pulmonary disease, chronic pain, arthitis, joint replacement, osteoporosis, and...

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I Would Like To Try Yoga But…

As a yoga teacher, I often meet people who say they would like to try yoga, but …. they’re a bit overwhelmed by all the different types of yoga (which one should I do?).  They wish they had tried it when they were younger and fitter, and they’re afraid they’re not flexible enough now to do a class.  They don’t want to feel embarrassed if they can’t do the “moves.”  They have bad knees or other lingering injuries.  And they don’t have the time.  Well, I can’t help you with that last one, bu...

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Chair Yoga – What Is It?

Chair Yoga is a class of traditional yoga poses adapted so they can be done while sitting in a chair. It is ideal for people who have trouble standing for long periods of time, those who have balance issues, or for those who find it hard to get up and down off the ground. However Chair yoga is beneficial for any student, from beginners to those working at the more advanced levels. Our Chair yoga class is dynamic and challenging, developing greater strength, flexibility and balance for students a...

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9 Reasons that Men Love Yoga

  Although yoga is often associated with flexible women in expensive yoga gear, I’ve found that men really enjoy it too, once they give it a chance.  More and more men are finding that adding yoga into their busy lives helps them reduce aches and pains, sleep better, and perform better in their chosen sports, from hockey and rugby, to golf and running.  A quick Google search provides an impressive list of male athletes who do yoga:  LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Andy Murray, Pete Sampras,...

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Using Yoga To Eliminate Tension In The Jaw, Throat and Face – A Workshop with Cheryl Smith

Most of us know the power of yoga and why its practice can be an important tool to move through life with.  Many of us fail to realize that yoga is so much more than what is practiced on our mats and in a yoga class.  We hope that we can continue to bring CSY yoga students workshops that reinforce the power of yoga and how it can be applied to everyday challenges. On November 11, 2012  from 10am – 12pm Cheryl Smith will be offering this unique workshop.  This is why she finds interest in t...

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Better Bones for Me To We Fundraiser in Local Paper

  Better Bones for Me to We. Instructor Cheryl Smith (centre) leads a class. Michelle Siu / Oakville Beaver Our cherished instructor Cheryl Smith leads a class during a Yoga for Better Bones fundraising class in support of the Me To We Foundation. The goal of our fundraiser was to provide health and school kits for children in Kenya. We would like to thank all of our students who participated, donated funds and built better bones at the same time!  ...

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